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Engr. Dr. Busari Isiaka and His Sterling Heart of Gold

By Abdullahi Adam

 

In recent years, Kwara State has seen a tremendous amount of progress and development thanks to the efforts of individuals like Engr. Dr. Busari Toyin Isiaka. He is the Project Coordinator for the Fadama NG-CARES program, which is a Nigerian government initiative to support farmers and smallholders. In this role, Engr. Dr. Isiaka has been instrumental in advancing agriculture and rural development in the state.

Fadama NG-CARES has been a truly transformational program in Kwara State under his watch. The project has provided training and financial assistance to over 10,000 farmers, helping them to increase their productivity and incomes. The program has also created over 100 new jobs, and has made a significant contribution to improving food security in the state. Meanwhile, the benefits of Fadama NG-CARES go far beyond the agricultural sector. The program has also invested in a range of other initiatives, including water infrastructure, health clinics, and education programs.

Dr. Busari Isiaka is not only a gifted leader, but also a highly educated and well-read individual. Dr. Isiaka’s educational background has provided him with a unique perspective on the challenges facing rural communities in Kwara State. His experience as an engineer has given him a deep understanding of the need for infrastructure development in these areas. He has used his expertise to develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of sub-urban and rural residents, with severance of other vital infrastructure projects.

Dr. Isiaka Toyin Busari graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with a PhD degree in Agricultural Engineering with bias in Irrigation Water Management Techniques. In addition, he has a Master degree of technology in Agricultural Engineering (soil and water option) —PhD (2019, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa); M. Tech (2015, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria); PGD (2004, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, Nigeria); HND & ND (2001 & 1997, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin Nigeria).

He is a Member of professional bodies such as Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE), South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE), Nigerian Water Supply Association (NWSA). He has about 17 years experience in the irrigation/water resources engineering sector and his PhD which has produced 4 journal publications is in the area of agricultural water management techniques.

He is experienced in data analysis and in conducting research in multidisciplinary, multi-partner projects across several regions or countries; work and networking experience in Africa; and good interpersonal skills. He is equipped with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, and multicultural environment ( he had worked with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Nigeria and Tanzania).

In addition to his work with Fadama, Dr. Isiaka has also been an active leader in the Adangba Youth Development Association. Under his leadership, the organization has seen tremendous growth and has become a driving force for positive change in the region. Dr. Isiaka’s work with the Adangba Youth Development Association has focused on improving access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. He has also worked tirelessly to promote social justice and equality, and has been a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and youth.

Engr. Dr. Busari Isiaka is not only a leader in the public sector, but also a renowned philanthropist. He works to support underserved communities through projects like borehole construction, scholarships, and financial assistance for vulnerable individuals. He is blessed with a team that ensures aiding the orphanage and supporting medical missions to provide care to those in need. Dr. Isiaka’s philanthropy is driven by a deep sense of compassion and social responsibility.

Abdullahi Adam writes from Ilorin.

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